These are a few of the questions posed during a classic analogue face-to-face debate organized by Intelligence Squared Asia on Oct. 28, 2010 in Hong Kong.
Speakers for the motion "The Internet is Making Us Stupid" were Jeremy O' Grady, editor of London's The Week magazine and Thomas Crampton, Ogilvy & Mather's director of 360 digital influence in Asia/Pacific. Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and Kaiser Kuo, Baidu's director of international communications spoke against the motion in a packed hall at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. (Watch video highlights.)
Audience members were polled as they arrived for the debate. There were 108 "For" votes, 190 "Against" and 52 people were undecided. The winning duo, Messrs. Kuo and Wales, emphasized what the world has gained because of the internet. However, most of the undecided voters in the end sided with Messrs. O' Grady and Crampton, won over by their argument that "the access to data does not mean answers."
Ad Age China is publishing the speeches made that night by two of the on-stage rivals, Hong Kong-based Mr. Crampton and Beijing-based Mr. Kuo.
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